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Friday, November 28, 2008

11 Year Old Brenden Foster's Dying Wish

Today, while celebrating a belated Thanksgiving meal with homeless family, the conversation drifted not to the talk on the streets, but we marvelled at the recent words of a child.

On November 21st, reporter Elisa Jaffe for Seattle’s KOMO TV 4 reported the story of Brenden Foster, “an old soul in an 11 year old's body.”

"I should be gone in a week or so," 11 year old Leukemia patient Brended Foster said calmly.

But most profoundly, this young boy surrounded by symbols of his faith – a crucifix and statues of saints, said that his dying wish was to help the homeless.

"They're probably starving, so give'em a chance," he said, "food and water."

But Brenden was too ill to feed them on his own. So volunteers from Emerald City Lights Bike Ride passed out some 200 sandwiches to the homeless in Seattle.

Then Brenden's last wish took on a life of its own.

A TV station in Los Angeles held a food drive. School kids in Ohio collected cans. People in Pensacola, Florida gathered goods.

And in Western Washington, Brenden’s home, KOMO TV viewers from all over took part in the Stuff the Truck food drive in his honor. Hundreds with generous hearts donated six and a half huge truck loads of groceries and more than $60,000 in cash to benefit Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.

Brenden touched hearts all over the world. His wish came true, and he lived to see it. "He's left a legacy and he's only 11," said his mother, Wendy Foster. "He's done more than most people dream of doing just by making a wish."

Days before dying, Brenden surprised us with a sudden burst of energy. He wanted to get off the oxygen, hop out of bed and go buy a video game. Wise beyond his years, but still a kid.

When asked what made him sad, Brenden said, "When someone gives up."

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